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New Extension Livestock Specialist hired in Central New York

We welcome Ashley McFarland to our staff as the regional livestock specialist.  This position was developed to address the educational needs of beef, sheep, goat and swine producers in Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Saratoga and Schoharie Counties.  Thanks to the CCE associations and Cornell for creating a position that will allow us to better serve an important part of the local ag industry.

Ashley was active in 4-H and livestock in her youth, which drove her interest to pursue an Animal Science BT degree at SUNY Cobleskill and a BS at The Ohio State University.  After graduation, she was a herd health manager for a beef operation and then worked for Agri-King Nutrition as a dairy nutrition consultant.  She and her husband operate a small seedstock farm in Jordanville.  Ashley will be working with livestock producers in Central NY to help them meet their business goals.

You can reach Ashley at:
Phone: 315-866-7920 Ext.228
Cell: 315-604-2156

Auction reports – CNY Feeder Calf Pool

Albany, NY    Wed Apr 19, 2016    USDA – Cornell University

Central New York Video Board Auction – Cooperstown, New York
Feeder Cattle Auction Report for Friday, April 14, 2017

Today    Last Sale    Year Ago
Receipts:      80        N/A         N/A

No prior sale reports for a market comparison. Demand was good on an active
trade. All cattle on offer were double vaccinated and weaned a minimum of 30 days.
Cattle were graded by a certified USDA Livestock Grader and sold via board sale
with video representation. Sale prices reflect current delivery on estimated
weights. A 4 cent slide to the left applies to actual weights 10-49 lbs over the
estimates, a 6 cent slide to the left applies to actual weights 50 lbs and over
the estimates, and no adjustment for cattle weighing under the estimates. Cattle
are collected, weighed, and transfered at Hokings Sales – New Berlin, NY. Supply
included 55 percent steers, 39 percent heifers, 6 percent bulls with 94 percent
over 600 lbs. All prices per cwt.

Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1
Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
20    660-675     667    141.00-150.00     144.60
5    700-725     705    125.00-140.00     136.91
17    760-790     781    122.50-130.00     126.61

Feeder Bulls Medium and Large 1
Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
7      700       700    115.00-119.00     115.57

Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1
Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
4      525       525       129.00         129.00
1      550       550       120.00         120.00
17    625-645     639    124.00-127.50     125.86
6    670-675     671       120.00         120.00
3      750       750       124.00         124.00

Price and grade information is reported by USDA – Cornell University Department
of Animal Science. While market reports reflect the majority of Livestock sold
at each sale, there are instances where animals do not fit reporting categories
and are not included in this report.

Source:  USDA – Cornell Dept Anim Sci, NYS Dept Ag & Mkts, Albany, NY
John Stacy Acting OIC / Cell 717-406-7350 / Office 717-354-2391
Bill Gibson Extension Agent / 518-588-6032

For all USDA Livestock and Grain market reports:

Albany, NY    Tue Apr 11, 2017    USDA – Cornell Dept Anim Sci, NYS Dept Ag & Mkts

Cambridge Valley Livestock Market – Cambridge, NY
Cattle and Calf Auction Report for Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cattle   Calves
This Week:     182     233
03/28/17:     213     226

Compared to last sale, Slaughter cows sold 3.00-5.00 lower with good demand.

Cattle supplies included 182 cows, 65 feeders, 13 Bulls, 10 steers, and 16 maiden heifers.

Full report at

Feeder calf sale results – Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange

KT_LS752   *** Total receipts is an estimate ***
Albany, NY    Mon Apr 03, 2017    USDA – Cornell University

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Special Feeder Sale – Canandaigua, NY
Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for April 1,2017

*** Next Feeder Special will be May 6, 2017 ***

Today    Last Sale    Year Ago
Receipts:     962        727         N/A

Compared to the last sale, Feeder steers sold steady to 4.00 higher.
Feeder heifers sold steady to 4.00 lower. Holstein steers sold steady to
4.00 higher. Feeder bulls sold steady. Cattle supply heavy. Demand
moderate for all classes. Feeder cattle supply consisted of 37 percent
steers,14 percent Holstein steers, 38 percent heifers, 11 percent bulls,
with 48.5 percent weighing over 600 lbs. All prices per cwt.

For complete report go to